Everyone’s mother had food rules that you lived by (whether you knew it at the time or not). For instance, SUE! is a steadfast believer in a dinner plate with three different things that are three different colors. (Then again she also thought it was a good idea to feed us Kitty Stew.)
Michael Pollan is an advocate for responsible eating. He’s a writer, James Beard Award winner, and UC Berkeley professor. His Omnivore’s Dilemma outlines the state of the American food system, and the agribusiness that relies so heavily on corn in processed foods. It’s a great read that everyone should have on their book shelf. Wandering through the overstocked aisles of the grocery mega-mart, we’ve all lost touch with where our food comes from.
Pollan is a frequent NYTimes.com contributor, and he recently asked readers to write in their favorite rules about eating well. This week he compiled his favorite 20. I love everyone one of them! They’re witty, memorable, and oh so true. They show how integrated food is in our everyday life, and how we need to remember that. From “You don’t get fat on food you pray over” to “Don’t yuck someone’s yum” to “It’s better to pay the grocer than the doctor.” Take a few minutes to read through them; reflecting on the nourishment we feed ourselves is always time well spent.
As I was reading through the quotes, it prompted me to come up with a few of my own. Mine aren’t nearly as funny, but they are the rules that I try to live by. Here you go:
- If it comes packaged in plastic, it’s probably going to taste like plastic.
- Good taste usually takes longer than 30 minutes to develop.
- A small amount of one indulgent ingredient can make a dish taste wonderful, while keeping it healthful.
- Try to break out of your comfort zone and taste something new every time you dine out.
- Eat dessert when you want, but make sure it’s worth it!
What rules do you live by? Leave a comment! I’ll compile them and post them next week. (The comment button is at the bottom of this post in blue – sorta hidden!)
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